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Monday, September 01, 2014

What Electronics and (other items) Should You Pack in Suitcase to Ecuador?

Most of our long time readers know that we did not ship anything in a container to Ecuador and we are still very happy we did not go through the trouble. We packed only two suitcases and two carry-ons each. If we had to do it all over again, Frank would have packed some of his "DEWALT" tools, and Angie would have packed more clothing, (especially jeans and pants) and a couple more pairs of good walking tennis shoes. We hope this video will help you out a bit when it comes to packing your suitcases; whether you're just staying three months or moving here for good, some of these items are a must have. Remember, everything cost more here!

We're an Expat Family of Five Living Frugal, Healthy and Happy in Cuenca Ecuador! Enjoy this blog!


  1. Thank you for all your Youtube videos and website articles about Cuenca. My goal is to move there by early spring (US). One of my all time favorites is your video: "Build Your Own Rustic Couch". I absolutely love it!! Would love to see more videos of you building other things. For instance: various kinds of chairs, tables ( end, coffee and kitchen). Also, I believe you said the wood was from an old bed?? Was it something you already had there? If not, where did you get it? Also, I really love your rental home videos. From your interview with one young at heart lady who had the special lighting and came from the states you mentioned that viewers wanted you to go slower when filming the houses. I agree. The slower and less shaky the better. For those of us who often get migraines it can be hard to watch for very long if you go fast and shake the camera. Not sure why that is but definitely appreciate it when you slow and steady it. As always, keep up the great work! Hoping to meet up with your whole family once I get to Cuenca along with Shadow, my bulldog mix.

    1. Thank you Beverly. We're glad you are enjoying the videos. The wood is eucalyptus and it came from a wood place here in Cuenca; these wood places are all over in Cuenca, The wood is strong and will last a lifetime if treated properly. We are enjoying our home built furniture.

      Don't know if you saw this but here is more of our wood (furniture) building projects.

    2. Thank you for taking the time to answer me. Your sofas that I saw are wonderful. I am still creating a list of what to bring when I move to Cuenca,hopefully by early spring (US weather).

      I hadn't found the other link you provided me with. Have been reading up on several websites and watching tons of Youtube videos plus talking to personal friends who live there or have lived there or Ecuador in general.

      In building this furniture is it better to have one of the larger drills or will a smaller Dewalt have enough power. I got two of them as handme downs when my dad decided he wanted more "manly" sized tools. They both take and hold a good charge quite well. Usually I just keep both batteries charged up. That way I can swap them out during projects and keep one charging in the meantime if one dies during the project. Also, thanks for the tip about wood too. How hard or easy is it to get stain for the wood?

      I will be going to your link you provided. First time I have seen it. You have done well at keeping lots of helpful information on your website. Thanks a lot!! Please, keep up the great work you do! I will look forward to meeting you all once I can get to Cuenca and get established. If you can think of any other furniture to build, however intense or simple the plans I would love to see them as well.

    3. Hi Beverly. Thank you for your kind words. I'll have to ask Frank and see if he thinks the smaller Dewalt drills will work. Will you be using Eucalyptus wood for your projects? Yes, stain is very easy to get here in Cuenca.


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